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Christian registrar loses case for wrongful dismissal

Lillian Ladele, the Christian registrar who was told to preside over same-sex civil partnerships or face dismissal, has lost her case for religious discrimination at the Court of Appeal. However, she is to appeal the decision again.

17/12/09
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Germany to imprison fathers for taking children out of sex-ed classes

German authorities have sentenced eight fathers to prison for refusing to send their children to mandatory sexual education classes.

15/12/09
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UK Christians "marginalised" by equality and diversity laws, new report says

Christians in the UK are being marginalised by a raft of equality and diversity laws which mean they are the first to be punished and the last to be protected, according to a new report.

15/12/09
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Nearly a third of teenage girls pressured to have sex: report

Nearly a third (31 per cent) of teenage girls and eight per cent of boys have come under pressure to have sex before they are ready, according to new research carried out by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA).

15/12/09
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Government sets aside €3 million for children's rights referendum

The Government has announced that it has set aside €3 million to hold a Children’s Rights Referendum next year.

15/12/09
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Church may have to employ women priests under new law, English bishops warn

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have said they could be at risk of prosecution under proposed equality legislation unless they accept women, sexually active gays and transsexuals as candidates to the priesthood.

11/12/09
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Maintenance payment to cohabiting ex-wife “unjust”, ex-husband says

A former husband has asked whether it is just for him to continue paying his former wife €137,500 per annum given the fact that she is now cohabiting with her new boyfriend.

11/12/09
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UK Minister "manoeuvring" against marriage, says senior cleric

A prominent Church of England bishop has accused a senior Labour Cabinet Minister of “manoeuvring” to undermine support for marriage.

10/12/09
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Iona Institute welcomes sperm donor ruling

The Iona Institute has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court earlier today to allow a man who donated his sperm to a couple - enabling one of them to have a baby boy - to have access to the child.

10/12/09
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Northern Ireland court rules in favour of conscience rights

The Northern Ireland High Court has ordered the recall of health guidelines which would have potentially undermined doctors’ rights to conscientiously object to assisting in abortions.

10/12/09
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Lone parenthood linked to disadvantages for children says major new report

A major new Government-backed study of childhood has found that children living in single parent households experience significant disadvantages compared to those living in two parent families.

08/12/09
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Fine Gael's Flanagan favours gay adoption

Fine Gael's spokesman on Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has said that same-sex adoption should be legalised as part of the Government's Civil Partnership Bill.

08/12/09
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Canadian pastor released from gag order

A Canadian pastor who was prevented from ever again saying anything in public about homosexuality after he wrote a letter to a local paper describing the gay rights agenda as ‘wicked’, has been exonerated by an Alberta court.

08/12/09
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New laws on AHR must put children first: Iona

Any new plans to regulate the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) industry must put the needs of children first, the Iona Institute has said.

08/12/09
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Civil Partnership Bill debated in Dail

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has introduced the Government's Civil Partnership Bill, saying that what it gives "is profound and is positive".

04/12/09
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Broad support in FF for conscience opt-out

Broad support exists among Fianna Fáil TDs for a conscience opt-out in the Civil Partnership Bill, which was introduced in the Dáil yesterday, according to reports.

04/12/09
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Minister to discuss Civil Partnership Bill with FF Senators, TDs,

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern will speak to Fianna Fail TDs and Senators concerned about the Civil Partnership Bill before it is introduced to the Dáil later today.

A number of them, including Senator Jim Walsh, are believed to be pressing for an amendment to the Bill to provide for freedom of conscience for individuals and religious organisations.

Senator Walsh has said “freedom of conscience for people must be recognised and allowed for”.

The proposed legislation would convey civil status on the registered partnerships of cohabiting heterosexual and same-sex couples.

Attempts have been made to resolve differences within Fianna Fáil on the Bill and this morning’s meeting has been organised by Wexford TD Seán Connick, chairman of the party’s justice policy committee.

The Greens’ justice spokesman, Ciarán Cuffe, has said he was firmly opposed to a freedom of conscience amendment.

“I’m aware of calls for a ‘freedom of conscience’ amendment to be stitched into the legislation to give people a religious ‘opt-out’ in providing everyday goods and services to gay couples,” Mr Cuffe said.

Calls for a conscience clause to exempt individuals and organisations who are opposed to same-sex civil unions have been prompted by a series of cases in other countries where groups and persons have been prosecuted for refusing to give their services to civil union ceremonies.

Last year, in New Jersey, a Methodist group was deprived of tax-exempt status for refusing to allow its grounds to be used for a post same-sex civil union reception.

In New Mexico, a state civil rights commission fined an evangelical wedding photographer $6,637 because he would not photographer same-sex commitment ceremony.

03/12/09

New York Senate votes against same-sex marriage

Senators in the US state of New York have voted against legalising same-sex marriage.

03/12/09
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Women turned into “wage slaves” says feminist pioneer

Women have been turned into wage slaves by feminism, Fay Weldon, one of the pioneers of women’s rights has said.

01/12/09
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Nuclear family no longer the norm UK campaigner says

It will soon become normal for children to be raised by relations other than their parents, the head of a UK Government-funded parenting group has predicted.

01/12/09
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